Read driving to belair a novella by William G. Jones Online

driving-to-belair-a-novella

Dale had it all — dream job, dream girl, dream life. When he moved to New York to chase his dreams, he never planned on returning to the Indiana farm where he grew up. Yet, one phone call from his ex-fiance brings him back to face the brothers he abandoned and the consequences of the choices he made in pursuit of those dreams. Will a father's last wish be the key to reunitDale had it all — dream job, dream girl, dream life. When he moved to New York to chase his dreams, he never planned on returning to the Indiana farm where he grew up. Yet, one phone call from his ex-fiance brings him back to face the brothers he abandoned and the consequences of the choices he made in pursuit of those dreams. Will a father's last wish be the key to reuniting a family torn apart by tragedy? Or will Dale lose everything while driving to BelAir....

Title : driving to belair a novella
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 12507523
Format Type : Nook
Number of Pages : 0 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

driving to belair a novella Reviews

  • Ritesh
    2019-03-05 22:31

    Road trips are a tried and tested formula, one which is difficult to either get completely right or completely wrong. I have read and seen so many books and movies on the subject which I have liked enough to not get bored by them. But I had yet to come across something I truly loved. I have to say the “Driving to Belair” comes close to being perfect.The book follows the formula very well. We start with a reason for the road trip which has meaning and does not seem frivolous. Each of the persons on the road trip has a personality and there are no filler characters. As, with any good road trip book, anything that can go wrong, does in fact go wrong. The characters develop and mature during the road trip as the hardships and the trials all bring them closer to each other than they were to begin with. And, it all ends on a hugely positive note. Frankly, I don’t see anything new there. But, I still loved the book! It is by far the best one I have read. I loved the mix of characters the author has created. The trip consists of Dale, a person working in a New York advertising agency who comes from the modest background of a family raised on a farm. Then, there are his two brothers, both of whom have their own problems. One of them is a drug addict, who is totally immature and refuses to grow up. The other brother has held a grudge against Dale for a really long time for leaving the family behind and for “running away” from his responsibilities. He is now an alcoholic and is hostile towards Dale right from the start. Add to this trio, Dale’s ex-fiancé whom he also left behind and his current high-maintenance girlfriend who is the spoilt daughter of his boss. With such a cast, the storyline was bound to be explosive.Each character is clearly well developed and complex. I kept changing my opinions about the all the characters, except for one, throughout the book. I kept moving from hating to loving characters and could not decide whether a character was the good guy or bad. For example, Dale’s past made me feel really sorry for him. He had a tough childhood with an abusive father, which made him bitter towards his family. But I couldn’t stand his actions now, after all these years. This is something I really enjoy, characters which are not painted with just one brush. Each character had a past and personality traits which added many dimensions to them and made them real. The talent of the author lies in making us feel the emotions he wants us to feel. This is not something easy to achieve, and for this I commend him.The events which take place in the story are fairly standard to any road tip related media. They did add a lot of personality to the book though. They made me laugh, cringe, shout, feel sorry, and finally feel happy. The book also ends strongly. All the loose ends are perfectly tied and everyone goes home happy, well almost everyone. The author also gives us a glimpse in the life of the characters a few years after this road trip. We’re left contented as we know what finally happened to each of the characters. I found it to be nice that such broken people can also find lasting happiness. This means there is hope for me too! LOL. That is the message I truly love.

  • KyBunnies
    2019-03-04 20:50

    The following review is my own opinion. To form your opinion please support the author and purchase your own legal copy of this book. I was given this book to read and review. The gift of this book does not influence my opinion or the rating I gave this book.When I first read the title of this book, I thought the character would be driving to Bel-Air in California. After I realized that was not part of the plot I then though maybe, the characters would be driving a Chevy Bel-Air car from the 1950′s or 1960′s. Oh, man was I ever so wrong. It turns out that the Bel Air in this book is actually talking about a resort in Florida. Well I do not know for sure if the car was not a Chevy Bel air. It could have been one. All the book states is that it is a Chevy nothing more nothing less. The picture below is my thoughts on the type of car in this book. This is a beautiful classic car from a time when everything was changing in the world especially in America.This story starts out with Dale who is remembering a part of his childhood. Dale grew up on a farm in Northwestern Kentucky outside of Louisville. If you are from the area or near the area then you know that this is horse country with rolling green hills and actual grass that has a blue look to it. Yes, in Kentucky we really do have grass that is a bluish-green color. That is why we are name as the Bluegrass State. I can guarantee it will not grow as beautiful anywhere else.Dale learns after driving to work in hurricane wind and rain that his father has died. Dale is a little emotional and is trying to figure out why he is. I guess he does not realize that no matter what has happened in the past when a parent has died we will be emotional. After all, that was our parent and we will now never be able to either tell them we are sorry or ask for their forgiveness.Dale and his girlfriend travel to his family farm for the funeral. However, Dale learns that he is not wanted by one of his younger brothers. He meets back up with an ex-girlfriend he asks to marry him years ago and learns that his dad fixed up his mom’s old car.This book has a lot of family drama in it. Nevertheless, with family there is always a lot of drama. There is always hurt and emotions to overcome, to forgive, and to even forget the past hurt.This book was not what I was expecting when I read the title. But then I did not read the description either. I rarely ever read a description of a book because sometimes it will totally throw me off from wanting to read the book and I might miss a great book that way. However, I need to bear in mind to not judge a book by its cover. That is something very hard to accomplish.

  • Lynne Cantwell
    2019-02-23 01:52

    This novella grew on me, the farther I got into it.The main character is Dale, who has escaped the chaos of his upbringing in a motherless household in Indiana and now lives in New York with his girlfriend. But when his father dies, he travels home for the funeral. There he reunites with his older brother, who is hostile to him for abandoning them; his younger brother, who's stoned most of the time; and his former girlfriend, who clearly still carries a torch for him.Things get really interesting when Dad's will is read. The boys' father wants them to take his ashes to BelAir, Florida, and dump them in the ocean. There's a catch, of course; the boys must drive there in Dad's 1950s-vintage Chevy. And somehow, Dale's New York girlfriend and his old flame end up going along for the ride.As you might expect, things don't go smoothly, but that's half the fun. As this band of misfits lurches from one mishap to the next, Dale learns a lot about his brothers, his girlfriend, and himself.Driving to BelAir is a pretty quick read -- 148 pages on my Nook.***(This review originally published at http://hearth-myth-rursday-reads.blog...)

  • Vanessa Booke
    2019-03-08 03:49

    I thoroughly enjoyed Jones' short novella Driving to BelAir. I thought it had the perfect amount of drama and I found the story extremely engaging. Arissa was probably one of my favorite characters. Although, she was sort of the background character her personality was extremely likeable and she was always there to help Dale out, even without him asking. I loved watching Dale's character evolve. He was definitely a strong leading character and it was interesting watching him handle the different dilemmas. I had mixed feelings about Billy's character, he annoyed me half the time because of his immaturity. But, overall his character's eccentricity did help drive the overall story, which in turn made for a better drama. My main complaint is I felt the ending could've been a little bit more. It seemed unfinished. I highly recommend this novella. It's a wonderful story with intriguing characters that will keep you hooked from start to finish.

  • Vanessa Booke
    2019-03-17 01:53

    I thoroughly enjoyed Jones' short novella Driving to BelAir. I thought it had the perfect amount of drama and I found the story extremely engaging. Arissa was probably one of my favorite characters. Although, she was sort of the background character her personality was extremely likeable and she was always there to help Dale out, even without him asking. I loved watching Dale's character evolve. He was definitely a strong leading character and it was interesting watching him handle the different dilemmas. I had mixed feelings about Billy's character, he annoyed me half the time because of his immaturity. But, overall his character's eccentricity did help drive the overall story, which in turn made for a better drama. My main complaint is I felt the ending could've been a little bit more. It seemed unfinished. I highly recommend this novella. It's a wonderful story with intriguing characters that will keep you hooked from start to finish.

  • Lia Fairchild
    2019-02-26 20:39

    This book was recommended to me when I was looking for something funny, uplifting, easy and fun to read. Thanks, because that’s exactly what I got. I really enjoyed the ride to BelAir. The author did a great job developing believable and likeable characters, and has a talent for flow in writing.Dale thought he had everything he dreamed of when he moved to New York. But when the death of his dad sends him home to the Indiana farm where he grew up, he’s faced with those he left behind as well as unresolved feelings. Then his dad’s last wish forces him to acknowledge all he tried to forget when he and his brothers, along with current and ex-girlfriend, take a road trip to scatter daddy’s ashes.What happens along the way changes everything for everyone in the story. I’m usually pretty good about predicting outcomes but I have to say that this one had some surprises for me and I like that. And, I think you’ll like Driving to BelAir.

  • Sue Owen
    2019-02-24 22:37

    For a short story this had a lot of emotion. The author depicted pefectly the emotions surrounding losing someone from all aspects. He was also able to analyze what goes into a relationships and how to bring it back from the brink of destruction. This was one of those books that makes you look at your own life, how you handled your losses and relationships and could find you lacking the understanding you should have had. At times it was hard to read because I could see my own thoughts reflected on those pages.Overall it was a good book to read but not a casual read. In order to get the most from this book it has to be studied and not just read. I think the author did a good job tearing apart then repositioning the human emotions surrounding loss and family feelings. I recommend it.

  • Amanda
    2019-02-20 19:42

    I laughed and I cried. No, I really did. This novella packs a big punch. Dale ran fast and far from an abusive father and the family farm. Three years later, he’s back with a spoiled girlfriend and her little dog, too. To fulfill his father’s last wishes, he is supposed to make a trip from Indiana to Florida to scatter Dad’s ashes in the ocean. The catch is that he has to go with his brothers. One has just a little problem with marijuana, and the other is nursing a huge grudge against Dale for leaving home. Can they make it all the way without killing each other? Or leaving someone on the side of the road? Maybe. But whatever happens along the way, you’ll laugh out loud. You might even shed a tear or two. It’s all worth it.I got this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Donna
    2019-03-16 19:50

    Driving to Bel-Air is a book full of wonderful characters. Real characters, people the reader can understand, sympathize with, feel anger towards and finally, accept. This book would make a great TV movie--hear that LIFETIME?Dale left behind his dysfunctional family for a better life in , where else but New York City. After the death of his father, he returns to the family he left behind. His father requested the family bring his ashes to Bel Air.. Dale is slowly persuaded to take the journey. What a journey. I don't want to give away spoilers. The journey is a time of growth for everyone. Dad is probably watching from heaven saying 'about time'.Read this book. It's a quick read and an enjoyable one.

  • Indie Books For99
    2019-03-21 03:36

    This story moves at a good pace as we are drawn into a father's last wishes and a clash of personalities that keep the reader guessing. A frustrated narrator brings us along. At times we want to slap him, but he seems to have a heart as he reflects on his actions - even if it doesn't change them. But confined to the close quarters of a car, who can blame him? I like traveling novels, and this one doesn't disappoint. Well written.

  • Shannon Gambino
    2019-03-12 22:53

    Driving to BelAir was a lively testosterone-laden made for Hallmark novella. As three brothers make their way to Florida to fulfill their father's last request to scatter his ashes in the ocean breeze, the men have to not only deal with their own internal demons but their feelings toward each other. Watching the emotional drama unfold from a man's perspective was quite refreshing in this novella. This story would be a great made-for-TV movie!

  • LiteraryChanteuse
    2019-03-11 20:38

    This is without a doubt one of the best road trip books ever. The road trip from hell. It has emotion, action, and humor. If you think you know what crazy moment will happen next you are in for a surprise. Great characters wrapped up in a really good story. Once I sat down to read it I could not stop. This is one of my favorite books this year so far.

  • Pauline Creeden
    2019-02-22 19:37

    An enjoyable road trip - comedy and memorable characters!

  • Jeffrey Miller
    2019-03-09 19:45

    What a delightful read!

  • Jeanne
    2019-03-13 21:45

    Fast moving, a little disjointed at times and wrapped up neatly but I liked it.

  • A Book Vacation
    2019-02-26 02:23

    To see my full review:http://bookvacations.wordpress.com/20...I’m sorry to say that this novella just wasn’t for me. It’s very well written, but it read as a fantastically surreal story, with a series events that I just couldn’t fathom as being “real.” From the circumstances surrounding the drugs to the time the characters spend in jail, as well as all the other fantastical events within, I just didn’t see much of the story as being plausible. Which is okay. No one said the events have to be true-to-life, or full of drama, but that was my expectation going into this novella. I was thinking this would be a road trip story about redemption, a serious story with events that bring about change, but in reality, this novella is more like a mash up of crazy events, yelling, fights, hatred, and sheer stupidity on the characters’ parts. I also had a very difficult time connecting with the characters, which I think feeds in to another reason why I didn’t care much for this novella. If I had Dale’s family, I wouldn’t have gone to the “funeral” at all. Now, I know he’s just as much to blame for the problems within the family as the others, but I wouldn’t want to deal with his brothers if it was the last thing I had to do. As the novella unfolded, I began to dislike Dale’s family a lot, and I even began to like Dale less and less because, in my opinion, none of the characters were likable. I found them all to be quite selfish and unreliable. And, the youngest brother, the one who was high all the time, just grated on my nerves. I think this would be a good, quick read for an audience that finds drug hazed characters and family drama fun(ny), but it’s just not my style.

  • Ed Drury
    2019-03-01 02:44

    This short book covers a lot of topics and moves nicely. A dysfunctional family together with a classic car road trip, complicated love interests, and a shaggy little hair ball all interact in unpredictable ways. At times, heart breaking. Other times side splitting, laugh out loud funny. The entire premise worked for me. There are some outrageous moments to be sure, but life can be outrageous. This story, while not disproving the old saying that truth is stranger than fiction, gives some reassurances that fiction can still be plenty strange.